Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a message of condolences to French President Francois Hollande over the mass killings in the city of Nice. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Flags at half staff in France as a nation marks a mass killing in Nice that left at least 84 people dead. Russian President Vladimir Putin offers his condolences in a public letter to French President Francois Hollande. A letter of condolence to the people of France from Russian President Vladimir Putin. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Last night we all learnt about another disgusting act of terror in France. I understand that now the President of the French Republic along with all French leadership do not have time for telephone conversations. So, I want to send this a public message. Dear Francois." (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Russia knows what terrorism is and what threats it creates for all of us. Our people have faced similar tragedies more than once and deeply feel what has happened, they sympathize with the French people and are in solidarity with them. The crime in Nice which led to deaths and injuries, including Russian citizens, was committed with extreme brutality and extreme cynicism. I want to underline once again that only through a united effort can we defeat terrorism. Mr. President, I ask you to pass the condolences and words of most sincere support to the relatives and kin of those killed." (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "I want to wish a soonest recovery to all those injured." Dozens of people are still fighting for their lives as France copes in the aftermath of what it's president has declared another act of terror.